Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Gardening Classes at the Co-op

Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening with Rick Hood
Thursday, January 20 6:30-8:30PM
Our favorite teaching farmer is out of the fields and back in the Community Room! Learn organic vegetable gardening from this experienced organic farmer. Join Rick Hood of Summer Creek Farm in Thurmont for a workshop on Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening. In this class, you will learn Soil Preparation, Nutrient Management, Planting, Weed Control, Pest Control and Harvest Timing. Rick will spend time giving you the basics and answering your questions.
$10 for Owners, $15 for non-Owners

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Thinking about spring yet?

I am! The weather report today (expecting somewhere between 0-6 inches of snow) is contributing to my cabin fever.

There was a great article in the FNP the other day about preparing your soil for a bounty of deliciousness and I for one cannot wait to get out there to make my green thumb brown!


In the meantime I will enjoy last years bounty of canned banana peppers. Yum!

I hope to see everyone soon!

-Renee Bourassa

Friday, January 7, 2011

Garden Update!

Dear Blog Readers,

I have received emails from some of you wondering what's happened to the garden. I want to assure you all, that although it is now winter, the community garden is alive and well! Over the summer, we were awarded a grant from the Keep Maryland Beautiful Fund, and have a committee working with Ms. Raevsky's class from The Maryland School for the Deaf to build an arbor and plant native plants in the spring. The groundhog situation was brought under control, which allowed for a very productive growing season!

For those of you who have not heard the announcement, I have stepped down as president due to the fact that I am now working on my PhD. Along with that, I am also pursuing some other projects that will hopefully increase access to fresh, healthy foods for the residents of Frederick. I would also like to give the opportunity for fresh ideas and new leadership as we move into our third growing season. I have no doubt that the next president will be a wonderful asset to the garden and to the city of Frederick.

It's been a tremendous ride, and we could not have made this garden come to fruition so quickly without the support of the community.

We will have an annual interest meeting and elections for outgoing board members in February on a date TBD, so please check back soon! In the meantime please enjoy a few pictures from the summer courtesy of Mary Lou. Only 73 days until the first day of spring!